We list the year’s biggest singles by month. Unfortunately some of them are insufferably terrible, but I’ve made up for that by including good alternatives
Hello friends, Planet Ivy singles expert Sam Smith here.
2013 has been quite a year for music. We’ve had highs, we’ve had lows and we’ve had an unmitigated amount of dreadfully hum-drum middle of the road garbage thrown our way. It’s been tough, and we’ve been left a handful of scars and a smidgen of irreversible brain damage, but we’ve survived. By God, I’m surprised that we’ve survived.
After enduring such a tumultuous ordeal as a year full of music, it’s good to look back and assess what’s worth taking forward to show the grandkids later on down the line, and what to leave behind for the Four Horsemen to disembowel when the Day of Judgement comes. While many would do a ‘Top Ten Albums of 2013′ list, I can’t remember the last time I loved ten albums in a year so that would have been a bit tough. However, throughout 2013, there have definitely been singles which made each month special for one reason or another, and that’s what sticks out in my head.
So I’ve gone ahead and created the 2013 Review In Singles. I’ve a picked a single that has defined each month, for better or for worse. When worse is the case, I’ve tried to find a single from that month that, in a perfect world, would have been much more important than whatever nonsense we all ended up unintentionally whistling while sat on the toilet. Notice that I said “tried to”. Some months were just bad all over and didn’t have one good song at all. Again, I’m so bloody surprised but so happy we survived 2013.
Photo of vinyl: Ramon Vasconcellos